Former college coach not interested in Ohio State basketball head coaching job

A former coach who has won a couple of national championships has come out and said he is not interested in the Ohio State basketball head coaching job.

Feb 8, 2023; Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA; Former Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright speaks
Feb 8, 2023; Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA; Former Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright speaks / Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State basketball program will have a new coach once the season ends. Incoming athletic director Ross Bjork is heading the search for a new leader. Chris Holtmann was fired a couple of weeks ago after almost seven seasons on the job.

There have been some names that have popped up as potential candidates for the Buckeyes. In fact, Ohio State has had some preliminary talks with FAU coach Dusty May about his potential interest in the job. Yet there is one big name that Buckeye fans would love to get.

That name is Jay Wright. Wright led Villanova to two national championships and was one of the best coaches in the country when he was leading them for over 20 years. He retired a couple of years ago and is still a young man in coaching terms. He's only 62 years old.

Wright retired and decided to join the media. He currently works for CBS Sports. When he was asked about the job, he said it's a "great job" but also remarked that he is definitely done coaching. Wright is off the board as a potential coach for the Ohio State basketball program.

This isn't a surprise to me. Wright seems happy being in the media because he can spend more time with his family and he doesn't have to deal with the headaches of modern college basketball. The transfer portal has become increasingly frustrating to deal with for college basketball coaches.

Ohio State will move on to the next candidate. I'm not even sure if Ohio State ever engaged with Wright to gauge his interest in becoming a Buckeye. Bjork and Gene Smith will keep moving through their list of candidates and get the one they think best fits Ohio State.

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A hire will likely occur sometime in March, so we still have a couple of weeks left to wait. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.